Townsville’s economic growth is soaring, with the city currently going through the largest annual percentage increase in the state’s employment rates. The past year has seen the generation of nearly 12,000 new jobs, bringing Townsville out of last year’s unemployment slump. Townsville’s unemployment figures have now significantly improved, currently sitting close to the 8% mark, in turn showing vast improvements in the recovery of youth unemployment.
Townsville City Council (TCC) is playing a role in the employment and education of our next generation with 2018 seeing the highest intake of apprentices in TCC history. “These new employees will be on the front-line as part of Council’s goal to increase on-the-ground staff,” says Townsville City Council CEO Adele Young. “Many of these new team members will be delivering services directly to our community. I’m incredibly proud that we’ve been able to sign on so many young people, and invest in the next generation of skilled workers for our region.”
One hundred apprentices and trainees have commenced with the Townsville City Council in the past 18 months with Adele adding, “the apprenticeship and traineeship initiative is a great opportunity for Council to lead by example in providing jobs, experience and training to locals.”
One of those new faces is Melataiah Nuggin a recent graduate from Kirwan State High School. A custodian of the Bindal and Wulgurukaba tribes, Melataiah says it was the work ethic that attracted her to the opportunity. “Developing my skills and learning more about communication and the workplace”, skills that she hopes this new role will assist in developing to see her further her studies into University next year.
Successful candidates came from a variety of backgrounds, including young and mature age people, the long-term unemployed, people with a disability, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who are now all benefiting from this new intake.
It’s opportunities like this for young people like Melataiah and those more mature employees re-entering the workforce that the Townsville City Council hope will play a pivotal role in both the improved employment figures and future skilled workers for our city.
“It’s important that we up skill our young people”
“It’s important that we up skill our young people,” says Mayor Jenny Hill. “These are the young men and women that we’re training for the future. There’s a wide range of work you can do within our organisation and we need to have these skills available to us. These people are the new face of Townsville City Council”.